Define: Insolvency

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Definition: Insolvency

Quick Summary of Insolvency

A state where an individual or organisation can no longer meet financial obligations with lender(s) when their debts come due.

What is the dictionary definition of Insolvency?

Dictionary Definition

  1. The condition of being insolvent; the state or condition of a person who is insolvent; the condition of one who is unable to pay his debts as they fall due, or in the usual course of trade and business; as, a merchant’s insolvency.
  2. Insufficiency to discharge all debts of the owner; as, the insolvency of an estate.
  3. The condition of having more debts than assets.


Synonyms For Insolvency

bankruptcy, failure, bankrupt, poverty, collapse

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Insolvency are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 7th January, 2020